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Farmstead Raised Garden Bed

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An elegant age-old design for raised garden beds. Farmstead garden beds are hand crafted from Vermont White Cedar, which will last for many years and weather to a soft silver grey. For taller beds, order two or more kits of the same size and stack them. Measured from tips of corners, interior dimensions smaller. read more

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Farmstead raised garden beds are based on a 17th century design and handcrafted from Vermont White Cedar. These raised beds are perfect for growing vegetables and flowers, and the versatile design suits any landscape.

Strong and functional

Lumber is custom sawed to a thickness of 1¼ inches for greater strength and longer life. With cedar slot and peg design these raised beds cannot pull apart, as may happen with beds that are nailed or screwed together. Pegs are made from black locust wood. Wood is not sanded or treated, so it has an unfinished rustic quality.

No chemical wood preservatives

Unlike pressure-treated lumber, there are no harmful chemicals to leach into your soil. If you want to treat wood naturally, we recommend Eco Wood Treatment - a non-toxic, mineral-based formula safe for vegetable gardens.

Stack them higher and save your back

Wooden boards are 8 inches deep, which positions the garden 8 inches above the ground. They can be stacked 2, 3, or 4 high for raised beds that are 16", 24", or 32" high. For example, if you want a 16" high raised bed just purchase two kits of the same size and stack them.

Q: When stacking the Farmstead raised garden beds, what holds them together?

A: The weight of the soil within the beds holds them in place on top of each other and it will keep them from shifting if on level ground. Although it is not necessary, it is easy to bracket the beds together with some inexpensive hardware or wood from a local store.

Interior Dimensions:

Use interior measurements to calculate planting area

  • 2’ W x 4’ L = 1¼ x 3¼ ft. (4.1 sq. ft.)
  • 2’ W x 6’ L = 1¼ x 5¼ ft. (6.6 sq. ft.)
  • 2’ W x 8’ L = 1¼ x 7¼ ft. (9.1 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 3’ L = 2¼ x 2¼ ft. (5.1 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 5’ L = 2¼ x 4¼ ft. (9.6 sq. ft.)
  • 3’ W x 8’ L = 2¼ x 7¼ ft. (16.3 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 4’ L = 3¼ x 3¼ ft. (10.6 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 6’ L = 3¼ x 5¼ ft. (17.1 sq. ft.)
  • 4’ W x 8’ L = 3¼ x 7¼ ft. (23.6 sq. ft.)

Assembly:

Watch our video on the left! It takes less than five minutes to assemble these raised beds. No tools are required. Simply slip the end of one board through the slot of the other and secure with provided wooden pegs.

Raised beds can be placed directly on sod, lawn, or even a weedy patch. Once the bed is filled with soil, any weeds underneath will soon form a composted base. For best results, you may want to dig down a few inches to clear any large rocks. Fill with soil and your garden is ready to go!

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Additional Information

Material Vermont White Cedar
Board Thickness 1.25"
Planting Depth 8"
Key Feature Easy to assemble, mortise and tenon raised garden beds
Assembly TIme 10 Minutes
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Debra Hensley at 3/6/11 7:32 AM
  • From Jeffrey Lemkin at 3/28/11 11:27 AM
    • These look lovely! I have two questions:

      1) Are they available in 10' lengths, as 4x10 - or just the 8?

      2) When you stack one atop the other, what keeps them together? Is there any problem with, say, the top bed shifting or otherwise changing position?

      Cheers

      -Jeff
    • Hi Jeff,

      The Farmstead Raised Garden Beds are not available in 10' lengths. They are only available in the maximum length of 8'.

      When stacking the Farmstead beds to gain additional bed height, the soil will keep the added bed from shifting. We used to suggest to customers that they could drive a stake on the inside of each bed sidewall to prevent shifting, but this is not really necessary. The weight of the soil is adequate to prevent shifting of the sides of the bed.

      Greg
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  • From Sue K at 3/28/11 8:14 PM
    • I am concerned that there is no buried stakes or other support to keep them in place. Also no verticals to keep them stacked square on top of each other. Can you explain how they stay put an d not shift?
    • Once the beds are filled, the weight of the soil is adequate to hold the sides of the stacked beds in place and aligned. And the soil weight increases once it's been watered.
      We used to suggest driving a stake down the inside wall of each of the sides, before filling with dirt. However, this is not necessary.
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  • From Meghan at 4/1/11 7:45 AM
    • I just had 5 of the 4x8x8's delivered and I cant wait to try them this weekend. What I did notice in the video was that you had a few hens. I have 2 questions about gardens + chickens. 1) Whats the best way that you found to keep your chickens out of the raised beds? 2) Do you have any tips for composting their droppings? I have a bin full off straw and droppings that just will not breakdown properly.
    • Hi Meghan,
      We used to let the chickens into the vegetable garden in early spring where they would go onto the beds and pull any weed sprouts, and their droppings would benefit the garden soil. (Chickens don't eat slugs, unfortunately.) We don't do this anymore since they also disturb over-wintered crop beds like garlic and brassicas.

      Most people keep chickens in fenced runs. We let them range into the woods, so the garden fence has to be secure enough to keep out the chickens. This is pretty easy. I put up a simple fence made of fish net to keep the chickens from the vegetable beds.

      We value the dropppings highly! I keep a separate 'compost' just for the old straw with droppings. Fresh chicken manure is hot and needs time to mellow before using in the garden. We might let it sit 6 months or longer before using, or else we put it into developing bed which we don't intend to plant for a while. When left in a pile, we keep it covered with black plastic sheeting, which is removed occasionally so the pile can be watered. Some of the droppings are added to oour regular compost as an activator.
      Greg
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  • From Cornelia at 4/1/11 12:29 PM
    • just got my raised beds. does the wood need to be treated prior to use?
    • Hi Cornelia,
      The Farmstead Raised Gadren Bed is ready to use. You do not need to treat the wood.
      Greg
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  • From Jean at 4/8/11 11:41 AM
    • I'm a 63 year old female and these look to be quite manageable. I plan to join two frames. Our country yard is teeming with critters- rabbits, chipmunks, birds, squirrels, etc. Can you suggest a protective covering for the top that might not be too complicated to install?
      Thank you.
    • Hi Jean,
      I assume you mean some kind of fencing.
      There are some fence styles designed to sit on top of raised beds. You could use chicken wire (1" mesh) and try to fashion a fence like this one:http://eartheasy.com/yard-garden/raised-garden-beds-kits-planters/raised-garden-bed-rabbit-fence-4-x-8-x-23
      (The fence in this picture is designed to sit on the "compostire raised beds".
      The problem with this design is that critters will push against it and find any weak spots to get in. I think you're better off making an enclosure, at least 4' high (or higher if deer are present), that you can walk into. Then the critters can't get near your raised bed.
      Greg

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  • From Heather at 4/9/11 7:07 AM
    • Can you help me with what I will need to put in my beds for the best vegetable results? I will be placing 2 stacked 8' beds on my back lawn and am assuming I should lay down a drainage layer, like coarse gravel? Then what soil matter should I add? is it a mix or something I just buy at the local home depot in bags. I would assume it is a bit costly to fill 16" of 4 x 8 beds.....
    • You do not need to add a drainage layer of gravel if you are putting your bed on the ground where there is soil beneath.

      Building soil is the gardener's art. You can start by adding 'dirt' from your yard to fill much of the bed space. You will need to appraise your soil for needed amendments. For example, you will probably want to add some peat moss to lighten the soil, and lime to balance the ph. You can have a soil test to determine the soil ph in your region, or ask a gardener nearby what the general soil characteristics are in your area.

      You will likely need to add a bit of rock phosphate. For organic materials, the best amendment is compost. If you don't have compost, you can buy some commercially and you can also add steer manure.

      It will take one or two growing cycles for you to adequately assess your soil and build it with the ideal amendments that work in your region. Here is an article with more information about getting started with your garden:
      http://eartheasy.com/grow_backyard_vegetable_garden.html
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  • From Peggy at 4/13/11 4:33 PM
    • I want to plant tomatoes and corn - how deep does the planter need to be? What about flowers?
    • If you are setting your raised bed on the ground, so that the plant roots have a bit more depth if needed, then an 11" tall bed is sufficient in depth to grow tomatoes and corn. Flowers can also grow in this depth of soil easily.

      Having said this, I have not had good results growing corn in raised beds. Corn doesn't seem to do as well in small patches, and it is also a heavy feeder. We found that it took too much effort to get a good corn crop, and the price of corn at the farmer stands is very cheap. We prefer to give the garden space to other crops which bring us more savings. Here is an article I wrote about the most "cost-effective" vegetable crops we have grown. You might want to grow one or more of these crops in your raised bed:
      http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/01/top-6-most-cost-effective-vegetables-to-grow/

      Greg
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  • From Scott at 4/14/11 10:27 AM
    • If the bed is set directly on level ground, is a single level deep enough to grow tomato, pepper, peas and bean plants?
    • Yes. Before setting your bed in place, you should turn the soil in the ground beneath the bed, and you might even add some amendments such as peat, lime and rock phosphate. The roots of your plants can then go deeper than the actual bed height, which will benefit the crops you want to grow. Drainage will also be improved.
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  • From Suzanne at 4/14/11 1:45 PM
    • I would like to Trellis my tomatoes and would like to know if you have any suggestions or add ons that would be as pleasing to the eye as your raised beds are. ??????
    • We do not provide a trellis designed to go with the Farmstead beds. Because the beds are sturdy, and the wood is thick, it's pretty easy to fashion your own trellis, or cover, using cedar 1" x 2" boards which can be screwed or nailed directly into the inside face of the beds. (Screws are better since it's easier to remove the structure when rotating crops.)

      You can use a trellis, wire tomato cages, or simple stakes to grow tomatoes. I suggest that whichever method you use, that providing a cover for the plants will give you better results. Tomatoes left without shelter from the rain often succomb to tomato blight.

      In our gardens, we prefer to grow tomatoes using inexpensive wire cages for the smaller varieties like cherry tomatoes, and we use 5' stakes for the full-size plants which have heavier fruit. I find this is the fastest, easiest and cheapest system for growing tomatoes. Take a look at this article, and scroll down the page till you see our tomato 'shelter'. This has worked very well, and it's easy to lift and move as we rotate crops each season. Here is the link:
      http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/03/raised-beds-preparing-your-garden-beds-for-spring/
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